Meet Our People

The Leadership Team

St Mary's is led by a team of lay and ordained people. You can find out a little about them here, including how to get in touch.

Vicar
The Reverend Canon Simon Butler
32 Vicarage Crescent, SW11 3LD

Simon has been a priest for over twenty-five years and came to St Mary's in 2011. Previously he has been a Vicar in both suburbia and in the inner-city. Prior to ordination he was a Naval Officer. He has been a member of the Church of England's General Synod since 2005 and has served as Chair of the House of Clergy in the Province of Canterbury. He is also an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral and Senior Treasurer of the Clergy Support Trust. His interests include classical music, opera and film. Simon is a Trustee of the Katherine Low Settlement in Battersea and of Battersea United Charities.

Assistant Priest
The Reverend Joe Moore

Joe is serving his curacy at St Mary’s. Joe trained for ordination up at Cranmer Hall in Durham. During that time he did placements at St George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem and The Pontifical Beda College in Rome. Before ordination he worked as a Pastoral Assistant at St Anne’s Hoxton and in retail. Joe read Religion, Philosophy & Ethics at King’s College London.

Joe is passionate about inclusion, raising mental health awareness, and preaching. He has a rescue corgi called Revel.

Director of Music
Katy Silverman

Katy is a professional organist and choral conductor and regularly performs in solo and choral recitals. She also works as a teacher and accompanist in several schools. As an undergraduate, Katy studied Music at Worcester College, Oxford and was the first female organ scholar of the college. She accompanied and directed the chapel choir, featuring on BBC Radio 4's 'Sunday Worship' and performing in various cathedrals including St Paul's, Gloucester and St Alban's.

After graduating, Katy qualified as a secondary school teacher and taught music for several years before deciding to devote more time to the organ. She was the 2015-16 organ scholar at St Mary's before going on to positions at Guildford Cathedral and St Mary's, Putney. Katy graduated with Distinction from the Master of Music in Performance course at the Royal College of Music in 2018 and also holds the Associateship diploma from the Royal College of Organists.

Katy and her husband Matthew live in Battersea with their daughter Lucy.

Church General Manager & PCC Secretary
Harry Panagos

Harry is the first person you are likely to encounter when you contact St Mary's.

He joined us in June 2021 from a career in the Hospitality Industry, managing restaurants over 4 continents, some of which being in Southern Ireland, London and Dubai.
Though South Africa being his place of birth, Harry is of Greek and Italian decent and has spent most of his adult life living and working abroad.

Harry started his career as a Chef, working in Fine Dinning Restaurants and 5 star Hotels. His passion/forte of interacting with people was not being nurtured in the kitchens however, and he decided to move into General Management. Harry has since progressed into International Operations Management and joins us after his latest secondment in Dubai.

People's Warden
Stuart McAlpine

Chris is the People's Church Warden, elected by the Annual Meeting to this ancient office, which goes back to the Middle Ages. The Church Warden's job is to work with the Vicar and the Church Council and to be the key senior lay leader of the church.

Stuart moved to Battersea in early 2015 and began worshipping with us shortly afterwards. He was confirmed at the church in October 2016 and has been on the PCC since 2017. He’ s a practising maritime lawyer, married to Bev (a garden designer) and they have three daughters and one grandson.

He’s Welsh and so singing and rugby are his major passions. He just wishes he was more accomplished at both!

Vicar's Warden
Evalyn Lee

Evalyn the new Vicar's Warden. Evalyn joined St Mary's about ten years ago, after doing the Alpha Course with the rest of her family. A former CBS journalist based in New York City, Evalyn is now pursuing a life as a writer. She lives in Hammersmith.

Evalyn also is our link with Meadbank Care Centre and is part of the group which runs our interfaith and ecumenical stitching group.

Tower Captain
Caroline Prescott

Caroline has been a member of St Mary's for many years, and has spent much of that time with her family ringing bells. You can find her in the tower every Monday evening and every Sunday morning and she is always keen to encourage new members to come and try out bell ringing. Caroline is a Practice Nurse in a GP Practice.

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